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Every State’s Rules for Staying at Home and Social Distancing

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South Dakota
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 423 per 100,000 — 14th highest (total: 3,732)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 4 per 100,000 — 12th lowest (total: 39)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,929 per 100,000 — 18th highest (total: 25,844)
> Days between first case on 3/10/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No order issued as of May 14
> Population: 882,235

The state never issued a statewide stay-at-home order, but did institute some restrictions on gathering and businesses. When outside, people must be at least 6 feet apart. Businesses will be allowed to reopen if the surrounding area has reported a downward trend in cases for two weeks. The governor signed a “Back to Normal” plan on April 28. Businesses can reopen as long as they follow social distancing norms, proper sanitation, and good hygiene. Fewer people are now working from home as workers began to go back into the office. Schools continue to teach by remote learning.

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Tennessee
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 242 per 100,000 — 23rd highest (total: 16,370)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 4 per 100,000 — 10th lowest (total: 273)
> Tests as of May 14: 4,327 per 100,000 — 9th highest (total: 292,917)
> Days between first case on 3/5/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/31/2020): 26
> Population: 6,770,010

The stay-at-home order expired on April 30. A safer-at-home order is now in effect until May 29. Many businesses were allowed to open in the meanwhile. Restaurants have been allowed to offer in-person, but limited, capacity dining. Other close contact businesses such as barbershops, salons, and massage and tattoo parlors remain closed. State parks reopened April 24. The most populated areas of the state will decide when to reopen on their own.

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Texas
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 148 per 100,000 — 11th lowest (total: 42,403)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 4 per 100,000 — 11th lowest (total: 1,158)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,047 per 100,000 — 17th lowest (total: 587,431)
> Days between first case on 2/12/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/2/2020): 50
> Population: 28,701,845

The stay-at-home order expired on April 30. State parks started reopening on April 20, and some stores started offering retail-to-go on April 24. Face coverings are still required. Restaurants, retailers, movie theaters, malls, and other businesses have been allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. In rural counties with five or fewer confirmed cases, retailers can serve up to 50% of their regular capacity. Bars that don’t serve food remain closed. Barbershops, hair salons, and tanning salons were allowed to resume operations starting on May 8. Gyms can reopen starting May 18 with 25% occupancy.

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Utah
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 209 per 100,000 — 21st lowest (total: 6,620)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 2 per 100,000 — 5th lowest (total: 75)
> Tests as of May 14: 4,960 per 100,000 — 7th highest (total: 156,786)
> Days between first case on 2/25/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No order issued as of May 14
> Population: 3,161,105

The state never issued a statewide stay-at-home order. A stay safe, stay home directive expired on May 1. In-restaurant dining, gyms, and salons can now open. Gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed. Statewide restrictions on elective surgeries and procedures were lifted as of April 21. Malls and national parks can reopen under tight restrictions. Hours may vary and will be limited.

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Vermont
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 149 per 100,000 — 12th lowest (total: 932)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 8 per 100,000 — 24th lowest (total: 53)
> Tests as of May 14: 3,593 per 100,000 — 14th highest (total: 22,505)
> Days between first case on 3/7/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/24/2020): 17
> Population: 626,299

A stay home, stay safe order is in effect until at least May 15, and the governor is expected to extend it. Residents can only leave their homes for essential reasons such as personal safety, groceries or medicine, curbside pickup of goods, and a few other reasons. Everyone has to work remotely when possible. Some low-contact businesses were allowed to open after April 20 with a two-person staff. Graduation parties might be allowed and be larger than 10 guests by the time graduation rolls around in June. As of May 11, construction has been fully allowed as long as safety measures — wearing masks and practicing good hygiene — are followed.

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